Morris Heights

1645 Popham Avenue

Two Four-Story, Nine-Unit Residential Buildings Planned At 1645 Popham Avenue, Morris Heights

Property owner Gjek Popaj has filed applications for two four-story, nine-unit residential buildings at 1643-1645 Popham Avenue, in Morris Heights, located a number of blocks away from the neighborhood’s Metro-North Railroad station. Each building would measure 5,944 square feet in total, which means the units will likely be rentals, averaging just 660 square feet apiece. Pelham, N.Y.-based Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is the applicant of record. Demolition commenced earlier this week on the existing two-story, two-unit brick building.



Jerome Avenue near Burnside Avenue

When Rezoning Isn’t Just About Housing: Planning the Future of Jerome Avenue

Over the last few months, the Department of City Planning has lost the PR battle over the proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning. Residents and activists accused the city of trying to create a new neighborhood called “Cromwell-Jerome,” a reference to DCP’s initial plans for a zoning study, and in response, officials dropped “Cromwell” from the title. In reality, planning officials hope to revitalize a narrow, 73-block stretch around Jerome, from 167th Street to just south of Fordham Road. They want to improve parks, the streetscape, retail, community services, schools, and economic growth, instead of simply pushing through more housing development.

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